So you want to be successful huh? Well there’s one thing in this world that has the ability to change our whole life in an instant. You know what it is? It’s action. So first step: You just need to make the decision. Ask yourself this: A year from now, five years from now, what are you going to wish you did today? The secret to getting ahead in this world is first getting started.
The best ways to get lucky are to stay positive and visualize success in your life. If you’d like to know how to be luckier, check out these 10 ways to get lucky in life.
You can’t let fear stand in the way of your dreams. You cannot think, “Oh, what if this doesn’t work.” If you believe enough in the process and the end result, success is going to come to you. It will. You just gotta be willing to see it through to the end. But first, you just gotta jump in the deep end. And once something goes into motion, it stays in motion. The process itself feeds the fire. You can’t be trapped by fear. Limits like fears, they’re illusions. Disregard them.
If you’re passionate about it and you go full throttle, there’s no doubt you’re gonna be good at it. Because what makes someone good at something? It’s dedication, hard work, and it’s doing it with the proper direction and methodology. So if you plug away, you’re gonna be good. But what makes someone a professional at something? It’s the concept of taking that little idea, that little decision you make, and executing to take it as far as your imagination holds, dedicating every breath in your body to that single cause. Seeing the grand picture at the end of the road to be the absolute best and not settling for any reason.
- Be Aware of (and Act on) Opportunities
It’s not talent, it’s not innate ability, it simply comes down to how hungry you are. How hungry are you to improve? How big is your appetite for success? What are you willing to do to reach your dreams? The professionals, the best at their craft, they don’t care about the naysayers, they don’t care about the fun they’re foregoing, they don’t take days off. They are 100% set in their ways in perfecting their craft. Because it’s all for a much larger purpose than any semblance of happiness that immediate gratification provides. Reaching your goal, well that’s just pure bliss.
The higher the expectations, the larger the goal, well the feeling just magnifies. So what’s the difference between you and them? The professionals, they’re the ones who are willing to knock on the doors of complete exhaustion every single day. Now let me define exhaustion for you. Exhaustion is at that very point where it’s just so damn painful that you just can’t push anymore. That it hurts so bad that you can’t even think straight. It’s in reaching that point when deep down, you know, that you did absolutely everything in your power. That there wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done.
Part 1: The Importance of Principles
Your values are what you consider important, literally what you “value.”
All successful people operate by principles that help them be successful.
Adopting pre-packaged principles without much thought exposes you to the risk of inconsistency with your true values.
Your principles will determine your standards of behavior.
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it。” – Thomas Jefferson
So what’s the difference between them and you? What are you doing in this present moment in time? Ask yourself this: are you moving closer to your goals? Or are you moving further away from them? Are you knocking on those doors of exhaustion? Or are you just uncomfortable? You see, being uncomfortable is not exhaustion. Being uncomfortable is your mind quitting before your body. Being uncomfortable is just saying no to trying again. Achieving greatness happens when you’re willing to do something that will kill you just to make you better.
Part 2: My Most Fundamental Life Principles
Time is like a river that will take you forward into encounters with reality that will require you to make decisions. You can’t stop the movement down this river, and you can’t avoid the encounters. You can only approach these encounters in the best way possible. (That is what this part is all about.)
In order to be motivated, I needed to work for what I wanted, not for what other people wanted me to do. And in order to be successful, I needed to figure out for myself how to get what I wanted, not remember the facts I was being told to remember.
The consensus is often wrong, so I have to be an independent thinker. To make any money, you have to be right when they’re wrong.
I want you to work for yourself, to come up with independent opinions, to stress-test them, to be wary about being overconfident, and to reflect on the consequences of your decisions and constantly improve.
1) working for what I wanted, not for what others wanted me to do; 2) coming up with the best independent opinions I could muster to move toward my goals; 3) stresstesting my opinions by having the smartest people I could find challenge them so I could find out where I was wrong; 4) being wary about overconfidence, and good at not knowing; and 5) wrestling with reality, experiencing the results of my decisions, and reflecting on what I did to produce them so that I could improve.
I learned that finding out what is true, regardless of what that is, including all the stuff most people think is bad.
I learned that there is nothing to fear from truth.
I learned that being truthful was an extension of my freedom to be me.
I learned that everyone makes mistakes and has weaknesses and that one of the most important things that differentiates people is their approach to handling them.
In short, I learned that being totally truthful, especially about mistakes and weaknesses, led to a rapid rate of improvement and movement toward what I wanted.
While most others seem to believe that learning what we are taught is the path to success, I believe that figuring out for yourself what you want and how to get it is a better path.
While most others seem to believe that having answers is better than having questions, I believe that having questions is better than having answers because it leads to more learning.
While most others seem to believe that mistakes are bad things, I believe mistakes are good things because I believe that most learning comes via making mistakes and reflecting on them.
While most others seem to believe that finding out about one’s weaknesses is a bad thing, I believe that it is a good thing because it is the first step toward finding out what to do about them and not letting them stand in your way.
While most others seem to believe that pain is bad, I believe that pain is required to become stronger.
You see, it’s easier to buy the ticket to see the game than it is to be the one to prepare for it. It’s easier to hang out with your friends than it is to hang with the stairs for an hour. It’s easier to sleep in than it is to wake up to a hundred sprints. It’s easier to go to a party than it is to go ass to the grass in squats. It’s easier to watch athletes from the couch than it is to be the one hoisting the trophy. But it’s also a lot easier to look back on your life and know you gave it your all than it is to live with regrets.
My Most Fundamental Principles
my most fundamental principle: Truth — more precisely, an accurate understanding of reality — is the essential foundation for producing good outcomes.
This perspective gives me a non-traditional sense of good and bad: “good,” to me, means operating consistently with the natural laws, while “bad” means operating inconsistently with these laws.
I believe that evolution, which is the natural movement toward better adaptation, is the greatest single force in the universe, and that it is good.
I believe that the desire to evolve, i.e., to get better, is probably humanity’s most pervasive driving force.
It is natural for us to seek other things or to seek to make the things we have better.
In other words, the sequence of 1) seeking new things (goals); 2) working and learning in the process of pursuing these goals; 3) obtaining these goals; and 4) then doing this over and over again is the personal evolutionary process that fulfills most of us and moves society forward.
I believe that pursuing self-interest in harmony with the laws of the universe and contributing to evolution is universally rewarded.
Self-interest and society’s interests are generally symbiotic: more than anything else, it is pursuit of selfinterest that motivates people to push themselves to do the difficult things that benefit them and that contribute to society. In return, society rewards those who give it what it wants. That is why how much money people have earned is a rough measure of how much they gave society what it wanted—NOT how much they desired to make money.
Most of us are born with attributes that both help us and hurt us, depending on their applications, and the more extreme the attribute, the more extreme the potential good and bad outcomes these attributes are likely to produce.
In nature everything was made for a purpose, and so too were these different ways of thinking.
The most importantly to understand one’s own values and abilities—and then to find the right fits.
The most important quality that differentiates successful people from unsuccessful people is our capacity to learn and adapt to these things.
As a result of them, most people don’t like reflecting on their weaknesses even though recognizing them is an essential step toward preventing them from causing them problems. Most people especially dislike others exploring their weaknesses because it makes them feel attacked, which produces fight or flight reactions.
It is tragic when people let ego barriers lead them to experience bad outcomes.
How much luck do you think you can look forward to if you stay locked up in your house like a hermit? Probably not much. If you don’t get out there and take action, you’ll find yourself in a sad pit of doom that is devoid of opportunity. Wanna be lucky? Life isn’t a charity, so get to work。
Not living up to your potential, well that weighs on your shoulders for a lifetime. No one ever said that being successful was gonna be easy. But I’ll tell you one thing, it sure as hell is worth it. You are your own maker in this world, and there is no such thing as failure. You just gotta tell it, “No, not this time. Not with me. I’m gonna try again and again and again. And I’m gonna look failure straight in the face and I’m gonna tell it that I’m willing to go through all the struggles to reach my dreams.” Because without struggle, there’s never gonna be any progress. It’s all in how bad you want it. How big is your appetite for success? Do you just want to fight? Or are you starving out there for it? Stay empty, stay driven, stay hungry.
The Personal Evolutionary Process
The quality of our lives depends on the quality of the decisions we make.
We aren’t born with the ability to make good decisions; we learn it.
Reality Dreams Determination = A Successful Life
What is success? I believe that it is nothing more than getting what you want—and that it is up to you to decide what that is for you.
What is essential is that you are clear about what you want and that you figure out how to get it.
Personally, I believe that personal evolution is both the greatest accomplishment and the greatest reward.
Also, for most people happiness is much more determined by how things turn out relative to their expectations rather than the absolute level of their conditions.
This basic principle suggests that you can follow one of two paths to happiness: 1) have high expectations and strive to exceed them, or 2) lower your expectations so that they are at or below your conditions. Most of us choose the first path, which means that to be happy we have to keep evolving.
Another principle to keep in mind is that people need meaningful work and meaningful relationships in order to be fulfilled.
Your Most Important Choices
- The quality of our lives depends on the quality of the decisions we make.
It is a fundamental law of nature that to evolve one has to push one’s limits, which is painful, in order to gain strength—whether it’s in the form of lifting weights, facing problems head-on, or in any other way.
At the same time, nature made the process of getting stronger require us to push our limits. Gaining strength is the adaptation process of the body and the mind to encountering one’s limits, which is painful. In other words, both pain and strength typically result from encountering one’s barriers. When we encounter pain, we are at an important juncture in our decisionmaking process.
Most learning comes from making mistakes, reflecting on the causes of the mistakes, and learning what to do differently in the future. Believe it or not, you are lucky to feel the pain if you approach it correctly, because it will signal that you need to find solutions and to progress.
Pain Reflection = Progress
- People who know that understanding what is real is the first step toward optimally dealing with it make better decisions.
People who worry about looking good typically hide what they don’t know and hide their weaknesses, so they never learn how to properly deal with them and these weaknesses remain impediments in the future.
People who are interested in making the best possible decisions rarely are confident that they have the best possible answers.
People who overweigh the first-order consequences of their decisions and ignore the effects that the second- and subsequent-order consequences will have on their goals rarely reach their goals.
People who choose what they really want, and avoid the temptations and get over the pains that drive them away from what they really want, are much more likely to have successful lives.
Blaming bad outcomes on anyone or anything other than one’s self is essentially wishing that reality is different than it is, which is silly. And it is subversive because it diverts one’s attention away from mustering up the personal strength and other qualities that are required to produce the best possible outcomes.
Successful people understand that bad things come at everyone and that it is their responsibility to make their lives what they want them to be by successfully dealing with whatever challenges they face.
In summary, I believe that you can probably get what you want out of life if you can suspend your ego and take a no-excuses approach to achieving your goals with open-mindedness, determination, and courage, especially if you rely on the help of people who are strong in areas that you are weak.
If I had to pick just one quality that those who make the right choices have, it is character. Character is the ability to get one’s self to do the difficult things that produce the desired results.
However, because of the law of nature that pushing your boundaries will make you stronger, which will lead to improved results that will motivate you, the more you operate in your “stretch zone,” the more you adapt and the less character it takes to operate at the higher level of performance.
In summary, I don’t believe that limited abilities are an insurmountable barrier to achieving your goals, if you do the other things right.
- Visualize Success
Your Two Yous and Your Machine
Those who are most successful are capable of “higher level thinking”.
If your outcomes are inconsistent with your goals (e.g., if you are having problems), you need to modify your “machine,” which means that you either have to modify your design/culture or modify your people.
I call it “higher level thinking” because your perspective is of one who is looking down on at your machine and yourself objectively.
Think of it as though there are two yous—you as the designer and overseer of the plan to achieve your goals (let’s call that one you(1)) and you as one of the participants in pursuing that mission (which we will call you(2)). You(2) are a resource that you(1) have to get what you(1) want, but by no means your only resource. To be successful you(1) have to be objective about you(2).
If you(1) see that you(2) are not capable of doing something, it is only sensible for you(1) to have someone else do it. In other words, you(1) should look down on you(2) and all the other resources at your(1) disposal and create a “machine” to achieve your(1) goals, remembering that you(1) don’t necessarily need to do anything other than to design and manage the machine to get what you(1) want. If you(1) find that you(2) can’t do something well fire yourself(2) and get a good replacement! You shouldn’t be upset that you found out that you(2) are bad at that—you(1) should be happy because you(1) have improved your(1) chances of getting what you(1) want. If you(1) are disappointed because you(2) can’t be the best person to do everything, you(1) are terribly naïve because nobody can do everything well.
The biggest mistake most people make is to not see themselves and others objectively. If they could just get around this, they could live up to their potentials.
My 5-Step Process to Getting What You40 Want Out of Life
“The Process” consists of five distinct steps: a) Have clear goals. b) Identify and don’t tolerate the problems that stand in the way of achieving your goals. c) Accurately diagnose these problems. d) Design plans that explicitly lay out tasks that will get you around your problems and on to your goals. e) Implement these plans—i.e., do these tasks.
A few general points about the process: a) You must approach these as distinct steps rather than blur them together. b) Each of these five steps requires different talents and disciplines. c) It is essential to approach this process in a very clear-headed, rational way rather than emotionally.
Treat your life like a game or a martial art. Your mission is to figure out how to get around your challenges to get to your goals. In the process of playing the game or practicing this martial art, you will become more skilled. As you get better, you will progress to ever-higher levels of the game that will require—and teach you—greater skills.
However, the big and really great news is that you don’t need to have all of these skills to succeed! You just have to 1) know they are needed; 2) know you don’t have some of them; and 3) figure out how to get them (i.e., either learn them or work with others who have them).
By and large, life will give you what you deserve and it doesn’t give a damn what you “like.” So it is up to you to take full responsibility to connect what you want with what you need to do to get it, and then to do those things—which often are difficult but produce good results—so that you’ll then deserve to get what you want.
The first-order consequences of escaping life’s challenges may seem pleasurable in the moment, but the secondand third-order consequences of this approach are your life and, over time, will be painful.
However, you will never handle them all well: mistakes are inevitable, and it’s important to recognize and accept this fact of life. The good news, as I have mentioned, is that most learning comes through making mistakes—so there is no end to learning how to play the game better. You will have an enormous number of decisions to make, so no matter how many mistakes you make, there will be plenty of opportunities to build a track record of success. (That’s basically the whole concept.)
“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity。” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The 5 Steps Close-Up
1) Setting Goals
You can have virtually anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.
You have to reject having some things you want in order to get other things you want more.
It doesn’t really matter if some things are unavailable to you, because the selection of what IS available is so great.
To achieve your goals you have to prioritize, and that includes rejecting good alternatives (so that you have the time and resources to pursue even better ones—time being probably your greatest limiting factor, though, through leverage, you can substantially reduce time’s constraints).
It is important not to confuse “goals” and “desires.” It is important not to confuse “goals” and “desires.” In terms of the consequences they produce, goals are good and desires are bad.
Failing to make the distinction between goals and desires will lead you in the wrong direction, because you will be inclined to pursue things you want that will undermine your ability to get things you want more. In short, you can pursue anything you desire—just make sure that you know the consequences of what you are doing.
Another common reason people fail at this stage is that they lose sight of their goals, getting caught up in day-to-day tasks.
Avoid setting goals based on what you think you can achieve.
Don’t rule out a goal due to a superficial assessment of its attainability.
You can ask the people around you for help—or even ask them to do the things you don’t do well.
In other words, there is almost no reason not to succeed if you take the attitude of 1) total flexibility—good answers can come from anyone or anywhere (and in fact, as I have mentioned, there are far more good answers “out there” than there are in you) and 2) total accountability: regardless of where the good answers come from, it’s your job to find them.
This no-excuses approach helps me do whatever it takes to get whatever I want most.
80. Achieving your goals isn’t just about moving forward.
Your goal is always to make the best possible choices, knowing that you will be rewarded if you do.
Generally speaking, goal-setting is best done by those who are good at big-picture conceptual thinking, synthesizing, visualizing, and prioritizing. But whatever your strengths and weaknesses are, don’t forget the big and really great news here: it is not essential that you have all of these qualities yourself, because you can supplement them with the help of others.
In summary, in order to get what you want, the first step is to really know what you want, without confusing goals with desires, and without limiting yourself because of some imagined impediments that you haven’t thoroughly analyzed.
How well do you think you will perform on a date, job interview, or sporting event if your thoughts are filled with reasons you will fail? The odds would not be in your favor. The best athletes see themselves winning a game long before it starts. The best stage actors imagine an audience exploding with laughter and applause before they set foot on stage. If you’re going to a job interview, imagine how thoughtful your responses will be during your drive. If you’re preparing for a date, imagine how classy/handsome/sexy/funny the other person will find you while you get dressed. You must first see success happen before you can make it happen。
2) Identifying and Not Tolerating Problems
84. Most problems are potential improvements screaming at you.
The more painful the problem, the louder it is screaming.In order to be successful, you have to 1) perceive problems and 2) not tolerate them.
It is essential to bring problems to the surface. Most people don’t like to do this. But most successful people know that they have to do this. The most common reasons people don’t successfully identify their problems are generally rooted either in a lack of will or in a lack of talent or skill.
Push through the pain of facing your problems, knowing you will end up in a much better place.
When identifying problems, it is important to remain centered and logical.
Remember that the pains you are feeling are “growing pains” that will test your character and reward you if you push through them. Try to look at your problems as a detached observer would. Remember that identifying problems is like finding gems embedded in puzzles; if you solve the puzzles you will get the gems that will make your life much better. Doing this continuously will lead to your rapid evolution. So, if you’re logical, you really should get excited about finding problems because identifying them will bring you closer to your goals.
90. Be very precise in specifying your problems.
91. Don’t confuse problems with causes.
92. Once you identify your problems, you must not tolerate them.
If you are motivated, you can succeed even if you don’t have the abilities (i.e., talents and skills) because you can get the help from others. But if you’re not motivated to succeed, if you don’t have the will to succeed, the situation is hopeless.
People who are good at this step—identifying and not tolerating problems—tend to have strong abilities to perceive and synthesize a clear and accurate picture, as well as demonstrate a fierce intolerance of badness (regardless of the severity).
3) Diagnosing the Problems
95. You will be much more effective if you focus on diagnosis and design rather than jumping to solutions.
96. You must be calm and logical.
97. You must get at the root causes.
Root causes, like principles, are things that manifest themselves over and over again as the deep-seated reasons behind the actions that cause problems.
Proximate causes typically are the actions or lack of actions that lead to problems. Proximate causes are typically described via verbs. Root causes are typically described with adjectives, usually characteristics about what the person is like that lead them to an action or an inaction.
Identifying the real root causes of your problems is essential because you can eliminate your problems only by removing their root causes. In other words, you must understand, accept, and successfully deal with reality in order to move toward your goals.
Recognizing and learning from one’s mistakes and the mistakes of others who affect outcomes is critical to eliminating problems.
More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don’t is a willingness to look at themselves and others objectively.
I call the pain that comes from looking at yourself and others objectively “growing pains,” because it is the pain that accompanies personal growth. No pain, no gain.
Pain Reflection = Progress
To be successful, you must be willing to look at your own behavior and the behavior of others as possible causes of problems.
The most important qualities for successfully diagnosing problems are logic, the ability to see multiple possibilities, and the willingness to touch people’s nerves to overcome the ego barriers that stand in the way of truth.
- Focus on the Positive
4) Designing the Plan (Determining the Solutions)
- Most of the movement toward your goals comes from designing how to remove the root causes of your problems. Problems are great because they are very specific impediments, so you know that you will move forward if you can identify and eliminate their root causes.
108. Creating a design is like writing a movie script in that you visualize who will do what through time in order to achieve the goal.
Then write down the plan so you don’t lose sight of it, and include who needs to do what and when. The list of tasks falls out from this story (i.e., the plan), but they are not the same. The story, or plan, is what connects your goals to the tasks. For you to succeed, you must not lose sight of the goals or the story while focusing on the tasks; you must constantly refer back and forth.
When designing your plan, think about the timelines of various interconnected tasks. Sketch them out loosely and then refine them with the specific tasks. This is an iterative process, alternating between sketching out your broad steps (e.g., hire great people) and filling these in with more specific tasks with estimated timelines (e.g., in the next two weeks choose the headhunters to find the great people) that will have implications (e.g., costs, time, etc.). These will lead you to modify your design sketch until the design and tasks work well together. Being as specific as possible (e.g., specifying who will do what and when) allows you to visualize how the design will work at both a big-picture level and in detail. It will also give you and others the to-do lists and target dates that will help direct you.
People successful with this stage have an ability to visualize and a practical understanding of how things really work. Remember, you don’t have to possess all these qualities if you have someone to help you with the ones you are missing.
112. Remember: Designing precedes doing!
“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself。” – Douglas MacArthur
5) Doing the Tasks
I believe the importance of good work habits is vastly underrated.
It is critical to know each day what you need to do and have the discipline to do it.
People who are good at this stage can reliably execute a plan. They tend to be self-disciplined and proactive rather than reactive to the blizzard of daily tasks that can divert them from execution. They are results-oriented: they love to push themselves over the finish line to achieve the goal.
As with the other steps, if you aren’t good at this step, get help. There are many successful, creative people who are good at the other steps but who would have failed because they aren’t good at execution. But they succeeded nonetheless because of great symbiotic relationships with highly reliable task-doers.
The Relationships between These Steps
Goals are the sole purpose of designs and tasks.
To remember the connections between the tasks and the goals that they are meant to achieve, you just have to ask, “Why?” It is good to connect tasks to goals this way (with the “Why?”), because losing sight of the connections will prevent you from succeeding.
Again, this 5-Step Process is iterative. This means that after completing one of the steps you will probably have acquired relevant information that leads you to modify the other steps.
An unfortunate thing that happened to me: Last week, my car engine died on the road going into my apartment complex. My vehicle didn’t come to a slow stop, but rather a dead halt. Let’s just say the bill from the mechanic wasn’t pretty, so I wasn’t very happy about this. But then it hit me: I was so lucky! My drive home that night included a 30-minute voyage on a crowded interstate. Now imagine how much worse my situation would have been if my car suddenly quit with a vehicle traveling 70 M.P.H. right behind me. I’m happy that I was lucky enough for my car to quit in the safety of my own parking lot, because had it gone out on the interstate, it’s very possible I wouldn’t be here to type this. Look for the good in all things。
Weaknesses Don’t Matter if You Find Solutions
To repeat, the best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what you want, then ask ‘what is true,’ and then ask yourself ‘what should be done about it.’ If you honestly ask and answer these questions you will move much faster towards what you want to get out of life than if you don’t!
Most importantly, ask yourself what is your biggest weakness that stands in the way of what you want.
When you encounter that pain, try to remember that you can get what you want out of life if you can open-mindedly reflect, with the help of others, on what is standing in your way and then deal with it.
Being weak at any one of these steps is not a problem if you understand what you are weak at and successfully compensate for that weakness by seeking help.
It is easy to find out what weaknesses are standing in your way by 1) identifying which steps you are failing at and 2) getting the feedback of people who are successful at doing what you are having problems with.
In a nutshell, my 5-Step process for achieving what you want is: Values -> 1) Goals -> 2) Problems -> 3) Diagnoses -> 4) Designs -> 5) Tasks
Your values determine what you want, i.e., your goals. In trying to achieve your goals, you will encounter problems that have to be diagnosed. Only after determining the real root causes of these problems can you design a plan to get around them. Once you have a good plan, you have to muster the self-discipline to do what is required to make the plan succeed. Note that this process starts with your values, but it requires that you succeed at all five steps. While these steps require different abilities, you don’t have to be good at all of them. If you aren’t good at all of them (which is true for almost everyone), you need to know what you are bad at and how to compensate for your weaknesses. This requires you to put your ego aside, objectively reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and seek the help from others.
Life is like a game where you seek to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goals;
You get better at this game through practice;
The game consists of a series of choices that have consequences;
You can’t stop the problems and choices from coming at you, so it’s better to learn how to deal with them;
You have the freedom to make whatever choices you want, though it’s best to be mindful of their consequences;
The pain of problems is a call to find solutions rather than a reason for unhappiness and inaction, so it’s silly, pointless, and harmful to be upset at the problems and choices that come at you (though it’s understandable);
We all evolve at different paces, and it’s up to you to decide the pace at which you want to evolve;
The process goes better if you are as accurate as possible in all respects, including assessing your strengths and weaknesses and adapting to them.
Part 3: My Management Principles
- If the group’s values and principles are clear, their way of being (i.e., their culture) will permeate everything they do. It will drive how the people in the group set goals, identify problems, diagnose problems, design solutions and make sure that these designs are implemented.
While having a clearly conveyed great culture is important, that’s only half of the magic formula. The other half is having great people—i.e., people who have the values, abilities, skills that fit the organization’s culture.
I believe that to have a great company you have to make two things great —the culture and the people.
The more frequently and effectively those in the machine go through this process, the more rapidly they and the machine will evolve.
I want Bridgewater to be a company in which people collectively…1) work for what they want and not for what others want of them. 2) come up with the best independent opinions they can muster to move toward their goals,…3) stress-test their opinions by having the smartest people they can find to challenge them so they can find out where they are wrong, …4) are wary about overconfidence, and good at not knowing …5) wrestle with reality, experiencing the results of their decisions, and reflecting on what they did to produce them so that they can improve.
- First, it is logical that the cause-effect relationships are such that being this way produces good results. Second, this theory has been tested over the last 40 years and has worked.
- Listen to Your Gut
“Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too。” – Jimmy Buffett
Look, we all make the occasional bad decision, so it’s in your best interest to be decisive. Trust your gut instinct and allow your intuition to guide you. Of course, you could agonize over every single decision in your life, but there is no guarantee that all that extra deliberation will lead to an increased likelihood of success (odds are it’ll just result in wasted time and opportunity)。
- Brush Your Shoulders Off
“Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right。” – William Feather
No, you can’t have it all. Yes, you will fail sometimes. No, life isn’t fair. Yes, you have to deal with it。
- Try Again from Another Angle
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck。”
Just because your plan failed doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad idea — it could just be your execution or that method of delivery needs to be tweaked. The more you learn and grow, the more “lucky” and successful you will be。
- Reduce Stress and Negative Thinking
“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective。” – Alice Hoffman
Remember that time agonizing over things beyond your control made all of your problems go away? Didn’t think so. Most of us are walking, talking balls of stress. If you’re so stressed out that you can’t think straight, open doors and opportunities will blow past you without the slightest recollection. The next time you’re feeling down, ask yourself these 10 questions that prove you’re doing better than you think (go ahead and bookmark that so you can repeat this exercise as needed!)。
- Live in the Now
“When it comes to luck, you make your own。” – Bruce Springsteen
It is easy to get so caught up in our own little worlds that we become oblivious to the other people, places, and things around us. Developing an ability to live in the present moment will help you notice opportunities that would otherwise breeze past without recollection。
- Be Curious about Everything
“Ability is of little account without opportunity。” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Developing curiosity will help you open doors that were previously closed. How is that? Because being curious will give you a fresh perspective on things, arming you with an ability to identify solutions to problems that others might miss. The more creative and innovative you are, the more luck you can create for yourself。
- Keep on Hustling
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get。” – Ray Kroc
You don’t lose until you quit, so don’t quit。